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Lori Lindsey Comes Out Publicly in Interview

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The interview is here on Autostraddle.com.

Some highlights:

  • She jokes that she threatened to pull a “Tonya Harding” on Megan Rapinoe for coming out first, even though she pushed Megan to come out.
  • Lori is recently single, and picky. 
  • Her parents divorced early in her life, and she only remembers her mom ever being with a woman as her wife.

Thank you Lori. We’re all happy to have you as fans and proud to have you as part of the family.

Zach Woosley also did an excellent piece on the SB Nation blog Stars and Stripes FC on Lori’s public coming out.

Wins and losses are great, trophies are even better, but to have our women’s national team playing a leading role in putting more faces on the LGBT movement is something I’m extremely proud of. It may not seem like much, but when openly gay athletes are received in a positive way by soccer fans, it shows all those who are still struggling with a very personal decision that when they are ready, the support will be there for them.

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Kyle and Eva Martino featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

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When I first read about the nuptials of Kyle Martino and Eva Amurri last fall, I had already come to the conclusion that they had what may be the coolest wedding of all time.

The wedding was officiated by Sister Helen Prejean (the anti-death penalty nun played by Eva’s mom Susan Sarandon) and wedding guests got to enjoy a scavenger hunt as part of the weekend of festivities. A gospel choir led the procession, and stepdad of the bride Tim Robbins performed an original song he wrote for the oyster roast rehearsal dinner.

Now their destination wedding in Charleston, South Carolina, has been recognized for its awesomeness as it is featured in the Fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. Check it out.

Kyle and Eva will celebrate their first anniversary on October 29.

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Cause for Concern for US in Back to Back Qualifiers Against Jamaica

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I’ve said before that qualifying out of our CONCACAF region is full of tense moments.  This upcoming set of games, back to back vs. Jamaica (at their place on 9/7, and at home in Columbus on 9/11), is an early example of how a few breaks can lead to sticky situations in what should have been a straightforward path out of our semifinal group.

Klinsmann has had to test his depth with this roster, and there are a few things worth pondering as the team prepares for the most crucial two games of his tenure.

Muscle Strains Depth

Two of our best three players are missing due to leg strains.  Landon Donovan tweaked his hammy in the win down in Mexico and hasn’t played since in MLS, while Bradley’s been sidelined with a bum thigh for AS Roma since a so-so first start in their season opener.  Donovan’s leadership, decision-making, workrate and ability to make that one perfect play that wins the game will obviously be missed.  But Bradley’s absence is arguably more painful.  The team counts on his two-way ability and he provides punch on both sides of the ball as well as a knack for coming up with big goals.  With his backup options, you either lose passing and possession, or defensive bite.  It is difficult to overstate the void left by the absence of these two and the experience they would have brought.

In addition, Josh Gatt, the Norway-based speed merchant looking for his first cap, had to turn down Klinsmann’s call due to….a strained hamstring.

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Pia Sundhage Stepping Down to Return to Sweden

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2 Olympic gold medals

World Cup Final

3 Algarve Cups

88-6-10 record

5 great years.

THANK YOU COACH PIA SUNDHAGE!

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The Facts on Frings

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This post appears in its entirety at The MLS Reserves.

Torsten Frings is undoubtedly one of most recognizable figures in Major League Soccer. He’s a well-decorated player whose reputation precedes him, having won domestic league and cup titles in Germany, and winning a bronze medal at the 2006 World Cup. Once a world-class midfielder revered the world over, the Toronto FC fans quickly became enamored with their new potential superstar. They surely believed he’d be able to help lead the club to greatness with his combination of leadership, skill, and experience. Is the fans’ faith in Frings misplaced?

Since his arrival, Frings has just simply failed to deliver. In his “rookie” season in MLS, Frings managed just 1 assist in 13 games. Things haven’t gotten much better for Frings, nor for Toronto FC in 2012. Although scoring twice this season, his two assists as a central midfielder and ultimately the focal point of the entire squad is absolutely abysmal. One might argue that Frings simply isn’t an attacking minded player. While his role is mainly as a defensive midfielder he posted better offensive statistics for every other club he had ever played for, in a league far superior to MLS. Surely he should be succeeding at Toronto, with full backing of the fans, the FO and rarely playing less than 90 minutes a match. Yet there’s one major factor that is overlooked.

Check out the rest of Stephen’s post over at The MLS Reserves.

Major League Soccer to be Part of NBC Sports Live Extra App

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Major League Soccer will be one of many sports properties whose events will appear live on the new NBC Sports Live Extra App.

If you already have the NBC Olympics Live Extra App, updates will switch it automatically switch to the overall NBC Sports App starting today.

The info released so far did not say if the app would cover national team games that air on NBC or NBC Sports Network.

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gay4CCL: Los Angeles blanks Puerto Rico, 4-0

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The kids… they are definitely alright.

Los Angeles Galaxy followed up last week’s CONCACAF Champion’s League 5-2 win over Isidro Matapan with another dominating performance on Wednesday night – this time, over the visiting Puerto Rico Islanders.  The reigning MLS Champion’s 4-0 victory on Wednesday night is all the more impressive considering it was accomplished with the team’s reserves.

On a night that saw Robbie Keane serving a red card suspension, David Beckham recovering from illness and Landon Donovan from injury,and with the team schedule to play an important match this weekend versus Vancouver, Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena opted to start his B squad.

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Sarah Walsh to Retire After US Tour

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Sarah Walsh, Australian striker who is dating US star Megan Rapinoe, will soon be retired from international soccer.

She cites still experiencing pain in her knees following surgery in 2010 as the primary reason for her retirement.

Walsh retires as the third highest scorer in Australian history, having played in three Asian Cups, a World Cup, and the 2004 Olympics.

She will end her career after the upcoming series of friendlies in the United States, playing Rapinoe in the USA Women’s post-London victory tour.

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Noted Gay Author Dan Woog Praises Major League Soccer

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Dan Woog is an educator, writer, and soccer coach based in Connecticut. In his column for last weekend’s edition of the publication Letters from Camp Rehoboth, he has some high praise for Major League Soccer, calling soccer “a sports world leader in many LGBT-related ways.”

He cites the recent move to break away from the Boy Scouts, the actions following Colin Clark’s use of a gay slur, and club Pride Nights as examples of Major League Soccer’s leadership. He dedicates a whole paragraph to the recent actions of the Chicago Fire partnering with Equality Illinois like staff marching in the Chicago Pride Parade and Jay Nolly and Dan Gargan attending a cocktail party for the group.

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DC United Becomes First MLS Team to Release You Can Play Video

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Thank you to head coach Ben Olsen, midfielder Chris Pontius, defender Mike Chabala and everyone at DC United.

We are united. We are united in pursuit of championships. We are united in our service to the community. We are united in support of all our teammates, coaches, and fans – gay or straight. All that matters to us is your talent, work ethic, and passion. If you can play, you can play.

The team’s announcement of the video is here.

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